Role of airport screening officers under scrutiny after pipe bomb incident
On Sept. The bag belonged to Skylar Murphy, then 18, who had forgotten the bomb was in the bag. He was planning to blow up a shed with a friend for fun and photograph it.A source close to the case told the Journal security officers told Murphy he could keep the device, though he didn’t want it. Murphy eventually proceeded through security without it. RCMP were notified four days after the incident and when Murphy returned to Edmonton on Sept. 27, police were waiting for him and arrested him.Mathieu Larocque, CATSA spokesman, said the Crown corporation runs security at all Canadian airports that offer commercial service. Across Canada, 5,400 screening officers carry out screening for CATSA. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and came into force in 2002.CATSA contracts security screening to private firms. Garda, described on its website as the largest privately owned security company in the world, employs about 300 security workers at the Edmonton I hollister nternational Airport and also provides service for other airports in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories, Larocque said. Garda also holds the contract for Ontario, while Securitas is used in Quebec and Atlantic Canada, and G4S in British Columbia and the Yukon.A job posting for part time Garda pre board screening officers at the Edmonton International Airport says candidates must be 18 or older, a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, and a high school graduate. It says employees must undergo a medical exam and criminal check, and lists the starting wage as $20.86 per hour.Edmonton International Airport and Garda directed all inquires about their security procedures to CATSA.Larocque said to be a screening officer, employees must be security cleared, then undergo training and take exams to be certified.”They go through initial training and then they have mandatory on the job training throughout their careers,” he said.Officers screen passengers and their belongings to ensure “potential threat items do not make their way past the checkpoints and onto aircraft,” Larocque said. CATSA’s regulations are handed down by Transport Canada.If officers see something that’s potentially illegal or criminal, they are to call police immediately.”At major airports like Edmonton there is a police presence at the airport all the time, so there are procedures in place to contact police and police will respond within minutes,” he said.Larocque said officers do not have the power to detain passengers, and are instead advised to continue the screening process until police arrive and “take over the situation.” A supervisor is always on the floor, Larocque said.In the case of the September pipe bomb incident, Larocque said procedures were not followed.”When you see something that is potentially illegal or criminal or suspicious, or if you’re not sure, the screening officer has to immediately advise police . that did not happen,” he said.”It’s obvious to me that the person handling this was not very well trained in the job,” said Leo Knight, a former police officer who recently retired as Chief Operating Officer at Paladin Security. “Training is everything in security and policing. You’ve got to make your people as ready as you possibly can, and if they’re not, things happen.”Edmonton Centre MP Laurie Hawn, who has served on the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, said he felt disbelief and concern when he heard about the incident.”My personal opinion is the employees involved should be fired,” he said. Paul shootings: ‘It’s like he took hollister a bullet for me’ VideoFather Gerard Gauthier carried his own pain into Sunday mass where he began the healing in this shocke hollister d and saddened parish. The loss of a popular young priest Gilbert Dasna was shot to death on Friday evening at the rectory next door left people in tears and struggling to understand why it happened.more 6 minutes agoVideo: Alberta shooting latest in string of serious incidents: RCMPGallery: Photos from St. Paul shooting aftermathGallery: Scenes from RCMP sho hollister oting in St. PaulHealth store owner confirmed as suspect killed in St. Paul shooting spree VideoThree Mounties injured in confrontation with gunman in northern AlbertaStreet racing may have led to fatal crash on Calgary Trail FridaySkid marks, scattered debris and a bus stop sign bent almost in half mark the spot of a high speed crash that killed a 19 year old woman in Edmonton on Friday night. Police say the teen may have been street racing with two other vehicles at the time. Those vehicles and their drivers have not been identified.